On Friday, September 18, the Helias Crusaders played Battle High school in the “closest game Battle has ever hosted,” commented the Battle stadium announcer. The Crusaders, being predicted to lose 42-0, did not hand over the win easily.
“Helias football falls 28-27 to Battle” tweeted News Tribune Sports, Friday at 10:34 p.m. With some questionable calls by the referees, some of the Crusader fans that attended the game would agree that with better officiating the game could have gone in the Crusaders favor.
Throughout the whole game the Helias’ offense scored a total of 27 points. Helias’ senior quarterback, Alex Faddoul, scored 14 of those 27 points himself with zero sacks. The remainder of points scored was through running the ball by senior Alex Warner.
“I think the offense performed very well against a defense ranked number 1 in class 5,” stated Faddoul. “We ground and pounded them up and down the field and we hit them with deep passes when they were getting too aggressive. I feel as if I could have been more consistent passing to put us in a better position to be successful.”
The Helias defensive line did what they had to do. Junior Jake Burnett had three solo tackles and six assisted tackles. Junior Dylan Gaines had a total of eight solo tackles with only one assisted tackle. With a total of 38 solo tackles made by the defense, the Crusader’s had what it took to stop Battle’s offense.
“I think the defense played hard and held their ground against a bigger team,” commented senior Malik Davis. “They were swarming to the ball on every play. They could have done better with their pass coverage and made better reads from the linebackers. Everyone got on the ball no matter where it went and they were tough.”
On Saturday, September 26, the Helias Crusaders take on St. James Academy for their homecoming game at 7:00 p.m. at Adkin’s Stadium.